Today virtually every country has one or more institutions or mechanisms that provide finance for environmental protection activities and investments. A great variety of such "eco-finance" mechanisms exists and new mechanisms are being established every year. The visibility and awareness of these mechanisms, especially outside their home countries, is often low and thus many possible project proponents, technology exporters, foreign aid institutions, analysts and other potentially interested parties know little about their existence and operations.
In addition to domestic eco-finance institutions, a great many supra-national eco-finance mechanisms are operational, especially in less developed and transition countries. Many of these mechanisms have reasonably up-to-date and detailed internet web sites. However, the sites are not always easily located and even devoted specialists are unlikely to have a complete overview of which mechanisms are available and how a potential project proponent may successfully approach these sources of finance.
eco-finance.org is an independent information platform that aims at providing reliable information about eco-finance institutions and mechanisms operating in different countries throughout the world.